By Diana Cavagnaro
Eclectic Boutique recently opened in San Diego’s Seaport Village. This amazing shop is located in the Lighthouse District and is owned and operated by Gayleen Nichols. Nichols is a longtime downtown business owner. She’s operated Bubble’s Boutique for over 17 years in the Gaslamp Quarter District, so many of her customers will be pleased to hear she’s staying downtown.
This charming boutique has an amazing industrial chic interior with a beautiful combination of metal and wood. There’s a range of unique clothing, accessories and fun gifts. They are especially excited to wear items from local artists such as crystal jewelry by Lorie Smith and sterling silver jewelry, Little Sparkles by Mike Pinn.
They carry Soruka’s unique leather bags and wallets. This company uses leftover leather to reduce environmental impact, which keeps it from going to landfills. This recycled leather creates zero waste.
Kate Mesta, is another jewelry artist from Laguna Beach who is in the store. Timmy Woods is a world famous handbag designer and you can find her creative jackets in this store. You may remember her Paris handbag worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City. One of the standouts are Mary Frances’ beaded crossbody handbags. Some are shaped like musical instruments, flower bags and shoulder handbags. Mary Frances creates handbags that are produced with socially compliant partners.
Vintage Addiction, these are 100% recycled military tents. Kent Stetson has cut out pieces of his computer-generated art and creates special handbags that are a real conversation starter. One of the best-selling gifts are tea towels with humorous sayings on them. My favorite was “Of course I talk to MY DOG. Who else can I trust?” For all the dog lovers out there, you can find plenty of dog-related items like Kate Mesta’s Pet Tags and Chala Handbags that champion animal rights and welfare. The bags are PETA approved vegan and they donate to their charity partner, Heart and Home Animal Rescue Foundation.
This shop also offers clothing and one of their bestsellers is the Cha Cha pants by Tempo Paris. Another best seller is Cocoon House’s Silk Kimono’s. They have a selection of sizes for women, including extra-large. The slogan is “Eclectic Fashion and Gifts for Every Mood”. Starting in June, they will have new hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For a fabulous shopping experience, stop by Seaport Village Suite #11 or visit eclecticboutique.com.
— Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally acclaimed couture milliner based in Alpine, California. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at DianaCavagnaro.com.
Events to come
“Bending, twisting, knotting” — This is a Paper Bag Hat exhibit of Moses at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Friday. Alongside this, there will be a talk by Diana Cavagnaro on Coffee and Conversational Hats taking place on June 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Frances Hamilton White Art Library. It will be on display from April 8 to October 2.
June 5, 2022 — San Diego Swim Week Collective – Network, Shop and Celebrate at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe from 1-4 p.m. June 5. For tickets, visit: bit.ly/3z652TZ